Railway Quiz


Here’s a lovely bit of “home-made” graphic design for an Ian Allan. It’s a pocket-sized quiz book. Ideal for the time spent waiting for things to happen on the railway station platform.

I love the arbitrary design choices – it’s just what they had to hand. The idea of using an appropriate typeface, for instance, didn’t worry them. Incidentally, the oversized shadow italic used for the title was popular for shop-fronts in the 1950s.

The lettering looks like a rub-down. Letraset started in 1959 and was huge in the 1960s. But, this looks like a 1950s design and the engine is from the 1930s.

It’s a real throwback.


The questions are really difficult and need a detailed knowledge of railways to answer. So, not just a game.

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